What to see at these watch and jewellery exhibitions in Singapore, from priceless Patek Philippes to stunning diamonds from Graff

What to see at these watch and jewellery exhibitions in Singapore, from priceless Patek Philippes to stunning diamonds from Graff

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Text: Celine Yap

If you've been following our weekly events column, you'll know there is just no shortage of brilliant things to do in Singapore. And especially this month, watch and jewellery lovers are in for a really good time – so to speak.

Not one, not two, but four amazing legacy brands have chosen to bring a selection of their greatest treasures to our sunny island. Exhibits range from the rare and rarefied to the straight-up mind-blowing.

Here's a peek at what to expect at the shows and why you should visit them.


Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition

When: 28th September to 13th October
Where: Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands

What to see:

With over 10 rooms including one dedicated to Singapore and Southeast Asia, this is the biggest edition of Patek Philippe's Watch Art Grand Exhibition yet.

Be sure not to miss singular creations like the incredible Calibre 89 pocket watch, the Star Calibre 2000, and the one-and-only Ref. 6300 Grand Masterchime.

Other pieces to catch include the pair of pendant watches which were gifted and sold to Queen Victoria in the London Exposition of 1851.

The Rare Handcrafts Room offers much to explore as well, as 'live' stations feature artisans demonstrating age-old crafts such as enamelling, engraving and wood marquetry.

Exhibiting the full range of in-house calibres as well as the timepieces that contain them, the Movements Room and Grand Complications Room contain the secrets of Patek Philippe.

Don't forget your audio guide and be prepared to spend at least two hours exploring the spaces.

Entry is free but you'll need tickets,


IWC History Exhibition

When: 14th to 27th October
Where: Ngee Ann City Level 1 Main Atrium

What to see:

This retrospective exhibition is IWC's most comprehensive one yet. Expect to see 15 archived references from three different watch families: Pilot's Watches, Portugieser and Portofino.

Interestingly, a selection of historical ladies' timepieces will also be on show.

Some of the highlights include the original 1936 Big Pilot's Watch reference 436, a Mark 11 Royal Air Force timepiece from 1952, and the 1993 Portugieser Jubilee celebrating 125 years of IWC.

There'll also be a Portofino watch very curiously nicknamed the Fried Egg – you'll understand why when you see it.

Here's the place to experience the origins of IWC and discover a new side of the brand maybe you never knew before.

Entry is free.


Jaquet Dro Pop-Up Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands

When: From 27th September to 13th October
Where: Atrium in front of the Jaquet Droz boutique B2M-215

What to see:

Jaquet Droz's mastery of artisanal craftsmanship and its contemporary pieces such as the iconic Grande Seconde.

Key highlights include the piece unique Tropical Bird Repeater, a S$1.369 million dollar grand complication watch. This piece is a minute repeater with an animated dial driven by automata. The birds and insects come "alive" each time the watch chimes.



Another must-see is the Grande Seconde pocket watch decorated with paillonnée enamel which is a technique that combine gold leaf cuttings with grand feu enamel.

Entry is free.


Graff Exhibition of Rare Jewels

When: 1st to 6th October
Where: Graff Ion Orchard Salon

What to see:

Famous for its eye-wateringly beautiful diamonds and other top gem stones, Graff has brought its latest high jewellery pieces here in a magnificent showcase.

Graff diamonds are in a league of their own

Pieces that were on exhibit include a show-stopping 33.40 carat emerald-cut diamond and a mesmerising timepiece set with 90 carats of coloured diamonds.

We loved the range of fancy intense yellow diamonds which were not only top quality but also exceptionally sized and cut.

Several creations featured satellite stones from famous gems such as the Graff Lesotho Pink.